drug abuse or
dependence usually includes group therapy, one or more
counseling, and drug education. A
12-step program is often part of treatment and
continues after treatment as part of your
Treatment doesn't just deal
with drugs. It will help you manage problems in your daily life. It helps you
take control of your life so you don't have to depend on drugs. You'll learn
good reasons to quit drugs.
Treatment helps you overcome
dependence, but it doesn't happen all at once. Staying drug-free is a lifelong
process that takes commitment and effort. You may be in group therapy or
counseling for a year or more.
Recovery helps you stay drug-free
and adjust to life without drugs. It is important that you plan for a
relapse, which happens when you slip up and use drugs
again. Your doctor, family, and friends can help you avoid this. See the
Recovery section for more information.
How treatment begins can vary.
You might start with your family doctor, or your doctor may recommend that you
enter a treatment facility. A friend could bring you to a self-help group, such
as Narcotics Anonymous, or you might walk into a clinic that deals with drug
No matter how you get into treatment, your main goal will
be to stop using the drug. You can think more clearly and make better decisions when
you keep drugs out of your system. If you tell yourself that using a little bit
of the drug is okay, it will be very hard to break the drug habits.
You may have a treatment team to help you. This team may include
social workers, nurses, and a case manager. A case
manager helps plan and manage your treatment.
You may be asked
questions about your drug use, health problems, work, and living situation. Be
open and honest to get the best treatment possible. Your treatment team may
write a treatment plan, which includes your treatment goals and ways to reach
those goals. This helps you stay on track.
Your doctor may decide you need
detox, before you start treatment. Detox "flushes out"
the drugs in your body. You may need detox when you are physically
addicted to a drug. Being physically addicted means
that when you stop using the drug, you have physical
withdrawal symptoms, such as feeling very sick to your
stomach or feeling intense
People who are dependent on
drugs often have to go to a hospital or treatment facility. Detox usually is
done under the care of a doctor because detox without medical care can be
dangerous. A doctor also may be able to prescribe medicines to help with detox
and withdrawal symptoms. Detox can be done in an inpatient or outpatient
setting, depending on the drug you are dependent on and other factors.